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WATER VILLAGE

Kampung Patau Patau 2 was established in the 1930’s.  The whole village was wiped out by a Japanese bomb during World War II.  The resilient villagers rebuilt the village from scratch once the war was over and done with.  The architecture and concept of the water village dates back to their ancestors in Brunei.  To this day, the water village residents incorporate their Kedayan Bruneian culture and customs into their daily lives.  

A trip to Labuan would be incomplete if one does not visit Kampung Air (Water Village). There are two main water villages on Labuan - Kampung Bebuloh and Kampung Patau-Patau which are mainly inhabited by Brunei Malays. The houses here, which are built right at the water's edge, are made of wood and sit on high stilts, joined together with a maze of wooden walkways.

Visitors are free to roam around the vicinity of the water village, however, they need to ask permission from the house owners if they want to see the inside of these homes.

Almost every house owner here has his own boat. The houses can be quite large and they all have a cool verandah in front. Some are very eye-catching with pots of brightly colored bougainvillea and orchid plants on the verandah or near the walkways. The villages are made up of large communities with its own shops, mosques and other facilities.

source : virtualmalaysia.com